How do you, personally, deal with your child's condition? I work SO hard to show a positive, supportive face because I know it just adds stress to the situation if my daughter feels like her anxiety is stressing me out or making me short with my other kids. Like most people with anxiety, hers waxes and wanes somewhat. The truth is, when it is bad, MY mental health feels like it's crumbling! Even after 3-1/2 years, I have not found a way to handle it well beneath the surface. I cry in the shower, feel like I'm going to throw up, have headaches... One time, she had a whopper of a panic attack (she has panic disorder, among other diagnoses). I lay next to her in bed as it subsided, and had my OWN panic attack thinking about her anxiety. Racing heart, nausea, tingling - the whole bit! I knew what it was, and why I was having it, and eventually it went away. Do any of you parents see someone to cope with this? In general, I never have anxiety except about my daughter's anxiety.
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